New River Valley bridge to be named for Vietnam War veterans

(WDBJ7) A New River Valley bridge is set to be renamed honoring Vietnam War Veterans.

Delegate Nick Rush introduced HB 1741 this year during the 2017 General Assembly Session, naming the Route 114 bridge on the Montgomery County-Pulaski County line the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge."

A ceremony on August 3 at 2:00 pm will unveil the sign with the official name, arranged by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) General William Campbell Chapter, along with the Alleghany and Pulaski Chapters.

Delegate Rush says the ceremony, at the Virginia Tech Pete Dye River Course in Radford at 8400 River Course Drive, will feature sky divers, motorcycles, and a one star General speaker.

Brigadier General Lapthe C. Flora was born in Saigon and is the first Vietnam refugee to be promoted to general officer in the United States Army and the second of Vietnamese descent. Previously, he served as the commander of the Virginia National Guard's Bowling Green-based 91st Troop Command and currently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General for Strategic Initiatives.

Delegate Rush said of the ceremony, "It's going to be a fitting honor for our Vietnam veterans and it's for all our Vietnam veterans and to show this country's appreciation and the New River Valley's appreciation for them."

Delegate Rush is asking veterans or families of veterans to provide photos to his office to be included on a Veterans Board. Photos can be sent to him at P.O. Bx 1591, Christiansburg, VA 24068 or email attachment to 114bridgepictures@gmail.com.